I had the great pleasure, courtesy of EMI/ Universal, of attending the ARIA Awards in Sydney on Wednesday night, where country star Kasey Chambers was inducted into the hall of fame. It was an emotional moment for the singer, and it fell to the legendary Paul Kelly to do the honours in the only way he knew how: with poetry. Quoth the great troubadour of Chambers: “That real deal old-time country has always led your way. Now, that real deal old-time country has never been one thing. It’s blues and hollow; it’s high and lonesome; gut-bucket and an angel’s wing. Those rivers all run through you, Kasey. High waters, hidden lakes. And new songs keep pouring from you, just like a levy breaks. And all those fires burn fierce in you. Kasey, they’ll never call you tame. And that is why you live right here, in my own hall of fame.” Later Bob Geldoff, who was presenting with Keith Urban, also paid tribute to the sing- er. Chambers, surely one of the most humble and gracious figures on the Australian music scene, deserved every moment of adulation. For today’s cover story on pages 8-9, Bronwyn Watson visits The Hague, and Tokyo ahead of a spectacular exhibition in Melbourne. The work of MC Escher, the great Dutch graphic artist, is being displayed and reimagined by Japanese design studio Nendo at the National Gallery of Victoria. The factoid related by Watson about Escher once rejecting a request from Mick Jagger is worth the price of admission. Enjoy.